Project Citizen Showcase, Spring 2015, Noblesville High School
Project Citizen is an authentic, project-based learning experience for students that asks them to employ the skills and habits of mind of a participatory citizen. The aim is for students to identify a problem about which they are passionate, then craft a pubic policy solution (or program-based solutions for some) to solve said problem.
Throughout the process, students interact with members of the community, interest groups, government officials at the local, state, and national levels, lobbyists, and more. The hope is that by practicing these skills with the support of a teacher-facilitator, that students will feel empowered to utilize these skills in the future as they identify needs in their communities as adults.
To read more about the students' work and thoughts and reflections, check out #ProjectCitizen, #mswhiteGOVT, and @swhite_indy on Twitter.
Project Citizen is a curricula of the Center for Civic Education.
Noblesville High School Innovations students visit Stanford, Invoice2Go, Google, Facebook, Voxer, and Puente de la Costa Sur in the Bay Area. Check out #Calivations on Twitter for the play-by-play of the trip.
Lilly Endowment Fellowship Summer 2014
I was privileged to be a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Grant recipient in the summer of 2014. With the grant funds, I traveled to Pescadero, California and volunteered with an organization called Puente de la Costa Sur (Puente). This organization serves the mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health of migrant farm workers and their families in addition to acting as a bridge/liaison between these families and the U.S. bureaucracy (government, schools, etc.).
To read more about my experiences in the summer of 2014, click on "California" at the top of the page. This will redirect you to a blog about my adventures on the coast.
Stopped on the side of HIghway 1 to snap this photo of my new home for the summer.
The tent bungalow I lived in for the first week of my stay.
Foggy mornings winding out of the camp to Highway 1.
Meeting new friends from the Midwest who now live in Cali.
Stage Road: the main drag of Pescadero.
A beautiful sunset at Pescadero State Beach. This is my view everyday for four weeks. Breathtaking.
Daisy: one of the students I tutored all summer. So proud of her!